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How to keep cool as the temperature soars!

Man Drinking water on a hot day at the beach.


With the mercury already hitting 40 degrees in places across the south coast and Southern Highlands, it's time to make sure you're looking after youself and others!

Thankfully, the NSW health department has some tips to help you make it through the heat in good shape:

To help Keep yourself Cool, the Health Department reccomends:

  • Drink cold drinks and eat smaller cold meals such as salads and fruit.
  • Wear light coloured, loose fitting clothes made from natural fibres like cotton.
  • Stay out of the sun.
  • If you must go outside, apply sunscreen, wear a hat.
  • Plan your day around the heat – avoid being outdoors between 11am and 5pm.
  • Put wet towels or cool packs on your arms or neck or put your feet in cool water.
  • Take cool showers or baths.
  • Minimise physical activity, do all household chores early in the morning when it is coolest.

And to Help keep your house cool:

  • Cool your house by closing windows, shutting curtains and blinds, opening windows at night if you can to let in cool air.
  • Use air-conditioning if you have it (make sure it’s set to cool).
  • If you don’t have air-conditioning, spend time in a cool place like a library, shopping centre or cinema.
  • Know which room in your house is the coolest (this will often be on the ground floor on the south side).
  • If there is no power or you can’t get to an air-conditioned space, spend time in the coolest part of your house.
  • Use your stove and oven as little as possible.

CLICK HERE to see the rest of the reccomendations.

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